As we approach the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we are reminded of the resiliency, courage – and most importantly – faith required to overcome 10 feet of murky floodwater. This video of Sister Camille Anne (recorded in 2015 for the 10th Anniversary) brings us back to this time filled with uncertainty, but also faith, hope, and love.
In October 2005, a meeting was held so the Class of 2006 could receive their senior rings. Sister Camille Anne told them that when they returned in January, "there would be grass and flowers in front of the school.” And that is exactly what 1,038 girls found when they returned to Mount Carmel on January 17, 2006, five months after Katrina made her devastating landfall on the Gulf Coast.
“You’ve got to have faith in God. You’ve got to trust in your fellow human persons … And believe in the goodness that’s out there.”
As we reflect on our own struggles and triumphs with Hurricane Katrina, we must also think of those who are suffering as a result of Hurricane Laura. Please join us in praying for them.
Gracious and loving God, spare those who were uprooted and dislocated from further harm. Help those in the storm’s way to return to safety, stability, and security. Open our hearts in generosity to all who have no resources, whether physical, spiritual, or economic. In all things and at all times, help us to remember that when the storms of life come upon us, you are always with us, leading us to shelter, guiding us to safety, comforting us in our need. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Office of Worship, Diocese of Dallas, adapted from Diocese of Austin)